Apps for 5 year olds

Here are some apps we’ve reviewed that we expect the Picky Kids to be still playing and enjoying at age 5.

Review: Monkey Math School Sunshine iPad App

Review: Monkey Math School Sunshine iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 In Monkey Math School Sunshine, preschoolers can learn math concepts at the beach with an energetic monkey. We love the activities and concepts presented in this game, and it’s been a popular one in our house. It’s great she’s learning math, but we get a bit tired of the choppy and […]

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Review: Preschool Fun iPad App

Review: Preschool Fun iPad app

Picky Kid Rating: 2.0 We try to purchase apps that we think will be good ones — that’s why you see generally positive (though, we admit, picky!) feedback in our reviews. Unfortunately, in the case of Preschool Fun, we failed. Preschool Fun has lots of learning activities that would be good for preschoolers, but it’s […]

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Review: Memollow iPad App

Memollow iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 4.4/5

Picky Kid Rating: 4.4 Memollow is an adorable concentration-style memory game. Conceptually, it’s super-simple (flip pillows in ten different memory games to find matches), but what you’re giving up in features, you’re gaining in execution, because this app is extremely well done! It’s also FREE (that’s a limited-time offer though).

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Review: Identikat iPad App

Identikat iPad App - Picky Kid Rating 3.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.8 If you’ve been following the Picky Kids for a bit, you’ll know we like to find apps that stand out from the crowd. Identikat definitely falls into that category, visually at least. This is a beautiful creativity and memory-development game/activity with a rich textural look and feel. Solve puzzles and create […]

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Review: Kids Coloring and Math iPad App

Kids Coloring and Math iPad App - Picky Kid Rating: 2.8/5

Picky Kid Rating: 2.8 Kids Coloring and Math is a paint-by-numbers app with a twist! In addition to coloring based on numbers, you can also paint by solving simple math problems. Some interface and user experience issues make this game hard for preschoolers to play, but it’s worth a look for kids who are fairly […]

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Review: PlayART iPad App

PlayART iPad app - Picky Kid Rating: 3.1/5

Picky Kid Rating: 3.1 Full disclosure — I was an art history major. OK, that’s off my chest. Now let’s talk about PlayART, an app that lets kids (and other artists) create pictures with elements from famous painters Cézanne, Monet, Rousseau, Van Gogh, and my favorite of the bunch, Klee. It’s not only creative, but educational […]

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Review: The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 You probably already know the drill… Pigs build shoddy houses, wolf comes and blows them in… Yep, all except for the brick one. That’s the basic gist, and there are lots of variations on the story. Luckily (for young kids at least), this Three Little Pigs storybook app recounts one of […]

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Review: Magikid Umbrella iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 Magikid Umbrella is a short storybook app with a dress-up activity and a music video. The things that attracted me to this app were the developer’s description of a 3D immersive experience, the inclusion of a non-digital craft project, and the subject matter (rain), which is top of mind in my […]

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Review: Slibby the Snail, the Stolen Food iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 The Adventures of Slibby the Snail: The Stolen Food is an app that weaves lots of toddler-appropriate activities into a storyline in a book format. The activities are fairly good, but the story is so-so, so we’ll keep our eyes out for other apps that pull off this interesting format more […]

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Review: Teeny Tuca – Rooster’s Race iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.2 Teeny Tuca – Rooster’s Race is a book app about a small rooster (actually a baby, we think, since he wears a diaper) who overcomes his tiny size and [spoiler alert] wins a giant golden corncob at a local event to save his owners’ farm from foreclosure and the evil clutches of […]

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Review: Robot Puzzle Factory iPad App

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.3 We tried Robot Puzzle Factory because we were looking for some more challenging spatial puzzle games for an almost 3-year-old, and because the description said that the robots animate when completed — that sounds fun! We came away disappointed, but if you need a five- to ten-minute time-killer for your kid, […]

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Review: Adventurous Animals iPad app

Adventurous Animals iPad App

Picky Kid Rating: 2.4 If you are looking for a kids app that looks and feels different from the bulk of them on the market, Adventurous Animals fits that bill. But remember… different is not always good. This app, while fairly entertaining and somewhat educational, suffers from overall awkward user experience.

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Review: iPlay&Sing iPhone App

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Picky Kid Rating: 3.5 iPlay&Sing was among the first kids apps we got for the iPhone, and now, two years later, the Picky Kids are still playing it! This app is packed with activities, has few major flaws, and it’s free — without any in-app purchases even! — making it a very good value.

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Review: Nora’s Crabby Day iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 2.5 Nora’s Crabby Day is a book app about… well, you’ve probably figured it out by the title! We bought this app because we’ve been discussing bad moods and other emotions with B lately. We were disappointed for a number of reasons: The story is better suited for older children (B is […]

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Review: Alien Buddies iPad app

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Picky Kid Rating: 4.3 Alien Buddies offers four edu-taining activities for pre-K kids played out by cute alien characters. Almost all the activities have a range of difficulty levels, giving this app relatively wide age-range appeal. The downside is that so many level options are difficult for younger children to navigate, so this app is […]

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